Latest Alberta PNP draw had Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores reduced to as low as 322. A sum total of 200 ITAs were sent out to Express Entry candidates.
Recently, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) published details of the latest provincial nominee program (PNP) draw. A total of 200 invitation to apply (ITAs), also known as Notifications of Interest (NOIs), were rolled out to Express Entry candidates on April 29.
Recipients of the NOI now have the opportunity to apply for a provincial nomination. If the AINP approves their applications, they will automatically be granted an extra 600 CRS points toward a upcoming federal Express Entry draws.
The additional points effectively assures that the candidate will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian immigration. Since travel restrictions took effect in Canada on March 18, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have been conducting Express Entry draws that specifically target PNP candidates.
For the time being, Alberta immigration is only considering candidates for a provincial nomination if they are already settled and working in Alberta. Typically it is not required to have a job offer to obtain an NOI via the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
However, Alberta is offering some flexibility for PNP candidates who can’t lodge all important documents due to service disruption. The AINP will accept copies of documents, and if the candidate meet the necessary requirements, their file will be held for sixty (60) calendar days.
Eligibility Requirements for Alberta Express Entry Stream
Applicants first need to have a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system in order to qualify for the Alberta Express Entry Stream. They must have work experience in occupations that supports the province’s economic growths and diversification priorities, though the AINP doesn’t provide a list of eligible occupations.
With special coronavirus measures in place, the Alberta now requires candidates to meet the following requirements in order to receive a nomination:
- be currently living in Alberta, even if they are working from home;
- should have a work permit authorizing them to work in their current jobs;
- have a job that is permanent full-time, paid, meets the provincial minimum wage, exceed Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirement;
- and they need to be working in an eligible occupation. Ineligible occupations include those in the government’s low-wage and high-wage occupations in Alberta province, and the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupation list.
Candidates who were working full time before the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who are working in a regulated occupation who cannot meet licensure requirements will have their applications on hold for sixty (60) calendar days.
If candidates have no recent employment history in Alberta, their applications might not be processed until later.
So far this year, Alberta has rolled out 1,407 invitations to Express Entry applicants. In 2019, a total of 6,884 invitations were sent out through the Alberta Express Entry Stream.